zSpace unveils all-in-one VR desktop for Education

Published 01 July 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: design, gpu, amd firepro, education, vr

zSpace has released an all-in-one desktop virtual reality solution specifically designed for education.

The appropriately named zSpace for Education is a hardware and software solution that allows students to manipulate virtual, 3D objects ranging from human hearts to helicopters aiding learning in maths, physics, engineering and biology.

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Vicon sets up framework for future Aircraft engineering inspection using drones

Published 26 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, aerospace, inspection, uav, vicon, drones, easyjet

The test set up in Easyjet’s Luton engineering hangar, with Vicon T-Series cameras tracking the UAVs

Recently, airline operator Easyjet made the headlines for its plans to have drones actively inspecting aircraft for damage in ten of its engineering hangars across Europe by the end of 2016.

Analysis by these self-controlled inspection drones is expected to help cut the amount of time an aircraft is out of service following events such as lightning strikes or hailstorms compared to the man-hours required for manual inspection.

According to Boeing, lightning strikes a commercial aircraft on average once a year, this rate is frequent enough for a lightning strike to be considered almost inevitable. For every hour an aircraft is out of service the cost to the airline run’s into tens of thousands of pounds, even before the repair is carried out.

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Formlabs announce new ‘tough resin’ for 3D printing

Published 26 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, formlabs, materials, resin

The new Formlabs resin should deliver a superior combination of yield strength, elongation, and impact resistance

A new ‘tough resin’, designed for applications in engineering and prototyping, has been announced by Formlabs for its Form 1 and 1+ SLA 3D Printers - offering ‘physical properties similar to ABS plastic’.

It is claimed that Formlabs’ Tough Resin will be able to absorb high-impact and other mechanical stressors that would normally cause 3D printed parts to snap or shatter.

“From load-bearing gears to snap-fit enclosures, Tough Resin material has been engineered for applications that require performance under stress or strain” said Formlabs, which adds the Tough Resin to a growing materials library that already includes castable and flexible resins.

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Scott Sports takes designs to marketing and back again with visualisation performance

Published 25 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: dassault systemes, visualisation, dassault systèmes, cycling, viz, render, 3dxcite, scott

Close ups of materials, interesting angles, all add value to the design process for Scott Sports and its customers

Seeing as everyone is seemingly glued to a digital device, marketing departments are fast using product renders to get customers interested in new products long before production.

3D visualisation technology is earning its time on our screens, as Scott Sports is finding using Dassault Systèmes 3DXcite, which gives their design team photorealistic, detailed images and even unique perspectives – like the interior layers of shoes – that can also be translated to the marketing department for catalogues and web campaigns.

The goal at Scott was to become more efficient and cost effective, but also to allow for more time during the creative process, allowing instant feedback from its customers via social media to make changes before any manufacturing has been done - meaning smarter products and happier customers.

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V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max embraces virtual reality

Published 25 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3ds max, vr, vray, oculus rift, chaos group

V-Ray now includes VR rendering capabilities for putting your products in situ. Image courtesy of Steelblue

VR rendering capabilities and multiple V-Ray RT GPU enhancements have been added to Chaos Group’s latest release, V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max.

Two new VR camera types have been added to the rendering toolkit so users can now render stereo cube maps and spherical stereo images - allowing scenes to be viewed on the latest Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR hardware.

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First Look: HyperMill 2015 - focus on probing and process control

Published 24 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, hypermill, open mind

The the improved clipping plane tool can beused to generate a planar section through a component in HyperMill 2015.1

HyperMill 2015.1, the latest edition of Open Mind’s suite of tools for CAM/CAD, is offering new optimisations and machining strategies, leading with a new 5-axis helical drilling.

This helical drilling cycle generates helical tool paths with the tool plunging into the material quickly, eliminating the need for pre-drilling operations.

By setting the milling tool inclination based on 5-axes, HyperMill suggests the user can benefit from efficient and tool-friendly machining with rapid swarf removal, particularly suited to difficult to cut materials.

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Land Rover becomes ‘Innovation Partner’ with Ben Ainslie Racing for America’s Cup

Published 24 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, automotive, engineering, boat, d3d live, ben ainslie racing

Sir Ben Ainslie staring off to the horizon, buoyed by the new team sponso… Innovation Partner

Land Rover has announced it will work closely over the next two years with the Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) design and engineering teams as Innovaton Partner for their bid to win the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.

According to the press blurb: “The Jaguar Land Rover Advanced Engineering team has already started working with BAR and together they have identified a number of projects where it is felt tangible performance gains can be made to create the competitive edge required to win the America’s Cup.”

‘Additionally’ the team has been renamed Land Rover BAR, as it competes in the America’s Cup beginning with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series (Portsmouth) event 24 - 26 July 2015 in Portsmouth and culminating in the Louis Vuitton Qualifiers America’s Cup and Playoffs in Bermuda June 2017 in order to reach the America’s Cup Match in June 2017.

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